Brian Friel

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John Connell at the  Camlin river: ‘Those three books are about me trying to understand myself and understand everything that happened in the last 10 years.’  Photograph: Alan Betson

In John Connell’s bungalow in Longford, he and his wife Vivian show me the route of the Camlin river on a large, framed ordinance survey map. The Caml(...)

The Pen Corner is located in a landmark building at the junction of College Green and Trinity Street in Dublin. Photograph: Damien Eagers

Ireland’s longest-running pen speciality shop the Pen Corner, one of Dublin’s most loved institutions, situated in a landmark building at the junction(...)

In a Word....

As with most people who have an acceptable level of brain activity, I spent many hours of my youth pondering the great questions: Where did life come (...)

The naming of a place – a town, a street, a housing estate – is a profoundly political act. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

At a Dublin City Council committee meeting this week, Independent councillor Christy Burke bemoaned that developers were giving names to new housing a(...)

 Brian Friel: the playwright was always willing to break the rules, or make up his own. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Brian Friel was a master of Irish theatre – or, perhaps more accurately, of many different kinds of Irish theatre. His first play, 1964’s Philadelphia(...)

Aidan Gillen stars in Faith Healer upcoming at up the Abbey Theatre. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

'I had no intention or idea that I could have a career': Actor talks about his new play and how he stumbled into acting  Over the last(...)

Mo Hume, youngest of John and Pat Hume’s five children, at the family home in Derry, with a portrait of her father behind. ‘Life was really rich,’ she says. ‘I just remember lots of laughter and lots of stories.’ Photograph: Trevor McBride

Growing up in the Hume family home in West End Park in Derry in the 1960s, 1970s and later could be “bedlam”, says Mo Hume, youngest of John and Pat H(...)

Castle Leslie, Glaslough, Co Monaghan

A village in Co Monaghan is leading nominations for the Irish Times Best Place to Live in Ireland 2021 competition, three weeks after its launch. Fort(...)

Cathy Jordan and other members of Dervish pictured in 2019 at Vicar Street, Dublin, one of the venues to receive funding from the Government’s Live Performance Support Scheme . Photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times

The Government is to give €25 million in funding to 237 venues, producers and promoters to help them organise live performances over the summer and au(...)

Leaving Cert student  Kevin Holland who is sitting his exams at Castlecomer Community School in Co Kilkenny. Photograph: Laura Hutton.

First, I want to thank the warm and sunny weather of the past week for making it tough to study. I wish I could scoop up the books and head outside, b(...)

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